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Wednesday September 16th, 2015

Posted at 5:17pm

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The OPP and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre are sending out a warning about an active internet scam in Ontario this month.

Police say that this scam is much like the scam that involves a call to grandparent who is advised by the scammer that one of their grandchildren are in trouble and they are asked to send money.

This scam takes it to another level and the emergency pitch is not a phone call, but involves emails being sent to contact lists from hacked email accounts.

The general scam usually contains a story that the victim is stranded and in need of money, such as travelling abroad, mugged, lost all money and identification and needs money to travel home. The scammer asks for money to be sent by Western Union or MoneyGram to a foreign country.

Police say to avoid this, you should avoid logging into your accounts from untrusted computers and create strong passwords and security questions and answers.

They also stress that if you receive an email like this, do your research; if this is someone you know you may be able to call them or other family members and friends to confirm their whereabouts.

If in doubt, contact your local police authority.

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